Extremists group frees Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso
eb 7, Niamey: Islamic extremists have freed an Australian woman kidnapped last month in northern Burkina Faso, although her husband remains in captivity despite pleas from the family and efforts by officials to secure his release.
Jocelyn Elliott and her husband — surgeon Ken Elliott — were kidnapped on January 15 near the Burkina Faso town of Djibo, where they have run a medical clinic for four decades. Al-Qaida's North Africa wing claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, though the group said in an audio recording Friday that it would release Jocelyn Elliott so as "not to make women involved in the war." Both Elliotts are in their 80s, media reports said.
On Saturday, Jocelyn Elliott was freed in neighboring Niger, where she appeared alongside President Mahamadou Issoufou in the town of Dosso, located about 90 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Niamey.
Issoufou worked with Burkina Faso intelligence services to secure her release, said Abdourahmane Alilou, a spokesman for Niger's president.
The Oslo Times